BMW IBSF World Cup in Whistler: Opening win for skeleton athlete Sungbin Yun
Whistler (RWH): Skeleton athlete Sungbin Yun of Korea started the 2016/2017 pre-Olympic winter season with his second win in the BMW IBSF World Cup. 15 months ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the Korean city of PyeongChang, the 2016 World Championship bronze medallist pushed Olympic Champion Alexander Tretyakov (RUS, 0.12 seconds behind) into second place. Following Tretyakov in third place came Matthew Antoine (USA, 0.36 seconds behind), who won the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
For the first time in almost three years, Martins Dukurs of Latvia failed to finish on the podium. The defending World Cup champion and overall winner for the last seven winters finished in fourth place in Whistler, the first time he has missed out on a World Cup podium finish since Königsee in December 2013.
Sungbin Yun (KOR, 225 points) leads the overall standings for the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup following the first of eight races, followed by Alexander Tretyakov (RUS, 2010) and Matthew Antoine (USA, 200). ©RWH2016-2017
Photo: David McColm
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